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Frank Craven (I) (1875–1945)

Frank Craven, the actor, director, playwright and producer who achieved theatrical immortality as The Stage Manager in the original 1938 Broadway production and 1940 movie version of Thornton Wilder's classic Our Town (1940), was born into a theatrical family on August 24, 1875 in Boston, Massachusetts. The son of John T. Craven and Ella Mayer ... See full bio »

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Our Town
Our Town Mr. Morgan
Sons of the Desert
That's Gratitude
That's Gratitude Bob Grant
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 1945 Forever Yours
Uncle Charles
 1944 Destiny
Clem Broderick
 1943 Jack London
Old Tom
 1943 Dangerous Blondes
Inspector Joseph Clinton
 1943 Harrigan's Kid
Walter Garnet
 1942 Keeper of the Flame
Dr. Fielding
 1942 Girl Trouble
Ambrose Murdock Flint
 1942 In This Our Life
Asa Timberlake
 1941 The Richest Man in Town
Abb Crothers
 1941 The Lady from Cheyenne
Hank Foreman
 1940 Dreaming Out Loud
Dr. Walter Barnes
 1939 Our Neighbors - The Carters
Doc Carter
 1939 Miracles for Sale
Dad Morgan
 1937 You're Only Young Once
Frank Redmond (Carvel Newspaper Owner)
 1937 Blossoms on Broadway
P.J. Quinterfield Sr.
 1936 The Harvester
Mr. Biddle
 1936 Small Town Girl
Will 'Pa' Brannan
 1936 It's Up to You
Pop' Kane
 1935 Vagabond Lady
'Spiggy' Spiggins
 1935 Car 99
Sheriff Peter Arnot
 1934 That's Gratitude
Bob Grant
 1934 Let's Talk It Over
Mr. Rockland
 1934 He Was Her Man
Pop Sims, aka Jim Parker
 1932 Handle with Care
Radio Announcer (uncredited)
 1929 The Very Idea
Alan Camp
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Stage Play: Bought and Paid For. Written by George Broadhurst. Playhouse Theatre: 26 Sep 1911- Oct 1912 (closing date unknown/431 performances). Cast: Julia Dean (as "Virginia Blaine"), Allen Atwell, Frank Craven (as "James Gilley"), Marie Nordstrom (as "Fanny Blaine"), Charles Richman (as "Robert Stafford"), John Sharon. Produced by ... See more »

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For several years during the silent film era, Craven -- who had made his reputation in domestic comedies on Broadway -- had pestered Harold Lloyd to let him to sit in on the gag-writing sessions Lloyd held to write his movies. Craven wanted to make a contribution to Lloyd's movies, but after a particularly harrowing session with Lloyd's writers, who tossed gag ideas about at the tops of their ... See more »

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